Articles tagged with: homophobia

My homophobic past

published: April, 16, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow and scared straight – a view of homophobia from the closet he once inhabited.

My homophobic past

I have been on the receiving end of it many times from strangers and even family members, but there was a time I embraced it. I practiced homophobia as a means of hiding who and what I was. Homophobia (From Wikipedia) Coined by George Weinberg, a psychologist, in the 1960s, the term homophobia is a blend of the word homosexual, itself a mix of neo-classical morphemes, and phobia from the Greek φόβος, Phóbos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear". Weinberg is credited as the first person to

We’re not equal

published: November, 10, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

An opinion piece from FS magazine on the impact that homophobia has had on gay men’s sexual health

We’re not equal

This article, The Last Word with Matthew Hodson @Matthew_Hodson, previously appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  Earlier this year gay men and lesbians were granted the right (in the  UK) to marry. This was the last major piece in a broad legislative jigsaw, which started with partial decriminalisation in 1967, gained velocity under the 1997 Labour Government, who equalised the age of consent and repealed Section 28, with the finishing touches being added by the current co

All in the family

published: November, 10, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

How Editor Bob Leahy gently countered an outbreak of homophobia in the small rural community in which he lives

All in the family

Some people know, some don’t, that while I used to live in downtown Toronto, I have lived for the past seventeen years outside a little farming community called Warkworth, Ontario (pop. 700., about 100 miles east of Toronto.  I also write for Warkworth Words. The post which follows which first appeared there has attracted a lot of positive feedback locally so I thought I’d repost it here. The affirmation of non-traditional family values is hardly a new concept for reade

Side by Side, part nine

published: March, 04, 2014 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International , Travel, Living with HIV

In the concluding episode of this series, Ed Wolf leaves Russia shaken by the experience of attending a problem-beset LGBT film festival in a country known for its repression of the LGBT community

Part Nine: Thanksgiving  Thursday, November 28th, 2013 There’s a small group of us left, standing in the freezing night air. The security guards head up the street and disappear. I couldn’t tell if they were relieved that the screening wasn’t interrupted or just happy to be headed home. It continues to be a powerful and humbling experience not to speak the language, constantly having to depend on my own ability to discern what is happening, understand the nuance in so many interaction

Side by Side, part eight

published: February, 25, 2014 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV

Ed Wolf recounts the day of the screening in St Petersburg, Russia of the AIDS documentary We Were Here for an LGBT film festival that has so far been beset by bomb scares and fear of violence.

Part Eight: We Were Here  Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 Today is the 35th anniversary of Harvey Milk’s assassination. I hadn’t realized that my last day in Russia and the screening of “We Were Here,” would coincide with this sad date. I go down for breakfast but the pancakes with cream cheese and the croissants taste different today. I drink the strong coffee and go back upstairs I’m worried about tonight. Every Side by Side screening this week has been disrupted by bomb threats

Side by Side, part six

published: February, 11, 2014 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Festivals, Movies, Current Affairs, International

Ed Wolf at the LGBT film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Things are not going smoothly as a screening is interrupted by a bomb scare.

Part Six: Angels Welcome  Monday, November 25th My hotel room is my safe space. When I close the curtains and write to you, I feel lighter. The terrible situation here can weigh you down; I can see it in the eyes of the people I’m with each day. I went to a supermarket down the street and bought a lot of cookies and I munch on them while I type; there are crumbs everywhere. The room is very warm, the air dry and I have the occasional nosebleed, sometimes a sneezing fit. Earlier I sneezed

Side by side, part five

published: February, 04, 2014 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Festivals, Gay Men, Movies, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Ed Wolf continues his narrative about taking the AIDS documentary We Were Here to Russia. A bomb scare interrupts the LGBT festival for a day so he goes sightseeing in St. Petersburg instead

Part Five: Paradox  Sunday November 23rd It’s 9 am, and it’s still dark outside. I’ve received a message from Bard who is staying here at the hotel. Bard is a member of this year’s festival jury as well as the programming director for a similar film festival in Oslo, Norway. He suggests we have breakfast together. I hop in the shower and get dressed, happy to have something other than my orange outfit to wear. In the hotel restaurant, Bard tells me that the festival screening has

A fake’s judgement!

published: January, 20, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Television, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on Duck Dynasty: “Wake me when reality TV becomes real again………..until then, I don’t give a duck!”

A fake’s judgement!

So “Duck Dynasty” is the most popular show ever on A&E (Arts & Entertainment) Channel, and its patriarch, Phil Robertson was interviewed by GQ Magazine? It makes me wonder what’s next, Honey Boo Boo’s mom as the next Bachelorette and then on the cover of Vogue? If I had to choose which appalled me more it would have to be A&E. Every time I turn on that channel hoping to see something entertaining, maybe a documentary - anything, instead I find this lame depiction of an ima

The sordid tale of how I was censored by Straight Pride UK

published: August, 14, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

When homophobia and censorship join forces. Guest writer Oliver Hotham on what happened when he published a “press release” from Straight Pride UK, and the lengths they went to to have it taken down from his website.

The sordid tale of how I was censored by Straight Pride UK

This article originally appeared on Oliver Hotham’s own blog here. Reproduced with permission. A few weeks ago, when thinking of interesting things I could write for this blog, I remembered a weird organisation that gathered some attention on the internet a month or two ago. The organisation is called Straight Pride UK. It’s a strange group which believes that the tide of Gay rights has gone too far, and that now heterosexuals have become the oppressed minority. Essentially their philoso

Michael Bublé speaks out

published: February, 10, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Music, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

He’s one of 10 Grammy-nominated musicians to raise their voices in support of same-sex couples

Michael Bublé speaks out

  Want to see who the other nine are? Go here 

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